The British Columbia FTC Championships were held at St. Michaels University School in Victoria on Feb. 17, 2018. It was really nice having a competition that we didn’t have to travel to! We even got to play a match with our new team 13724 BUILD IT. Continue reading “BC FTC Championships”
Washington state was an amazing event! It was a huge competition held in the Showare Center in Kent, with a ton of great people, amazing robots and energy across the entire event. We saw so many teams in so many bright colours together in this huge stadium. Continue reading “Washington State FTC Championship”
‘Twas the night before Interleague, when all through the shop
Not a tool was stirring, all came to a stop;
The robots were set by the front door with care,
In hopes that the teams soon would be there;
The teammates were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of ciphers danced in their heads; Programmers in their cave, and I in my chair, Had just settled down for a coding nightmare,
When from down the hall there arose such a cry, I sprang from my seat to see what was a wry. Fleeing from the room, and threw open the door, A pile of pieces, the bot was no more.
With eyes wide and fear on their faces the teens were frozen, in their last place , Minutes passed by, in painstaking fear, Then finally, with tools, the builders were here,
An urgent nature, not time for the past, They needed a robot, and they neeeded it fast. More rapid than eagles its parts they all came, And it whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, MOTOR! now, SENSORS! now, SERVO and CORDS On, SWITCHES! on POWER! on, CHANNEL, REV BOARDS! To the top of the lifter! to the wheels on the base! Now build, fast as you can, put it all into place!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky, So up to the field the builders they flew, With their arms full of tools, and metal parts too.
And then, in a miracle, I saw such a view The bolting and fastening of each little screw. As I drew back my chair, and was turning around, Down the hallway, our robot, came with a bound.
It was covered in Sharpie, from its head to its wheel, And the base all covered in bits of steel; A bundle of wires they had flung on its board, And it looked like a mess, just there in discord .
It’s lights, how they twinkled, it’s patterns, a delight! To think that this happened in less than a night! Its flicker was drawn up, stored in tow, Until the jewels so near were set up in a row.
The grabber was sitting at the back of the bot It wasn’t as easy to build as they thought He had a broad frame and a little round tube But when they tried it fit in the sizing cube.
Since September they dreamed of the perfect first cup; The cipher all scored and the relic standing up But twas not to be at least not right now, But this lesson they learned, such was their vow
They spoke not a word, but went straight to tests, And checked all the boxes; even threw in a jest, And laying their finger atop the control, The drivers content the bot was a-roll;
they sprang to their feet, the bot stored away, the team mates were weary but excited for the day But I heard them exclaim, as they drove out of sight, HAPPY INTERLEAUGUE TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!
Thanks to Slater Kovac-Szabo for inspiring us to complete the poem!
Today was League One in Washington State. We’re in the Knuth League with about 12 other teams. Our new team members found it really exciting, and a bit nerve racking. Ines and Emily got to learn about how a league competition works, and how to go through inspections, as well as what a competition is like. Continue reading “Washington State League One Event”
FIX IT set up a FIRST exhibit at the British Columbia Teachers Conference in Vancouver. In partnership with FIRST Canada FIRST Robotics Competition representatives, we pulled off a pretty exciting display. Teachers were encouraged to drive small driver bots made with FTC technology, and talk about how their students could participate in a FIRST program. Many of the 6,000 teachers came through the exhibit during the 15 hours of the event. Continue reading “British Columbia Teachers Conference, Oct 20-21”
On the way to the Washington State Kick Off, we were given the exceptional opportunity to tour the largest building in the world– the Everett Boeing Manufacturing Plant. One of our alumni was able to join us for the tour, and it was also a chance to hear about his first year in engineering at University. Continue reading “Boeing Tour – Sept. 8th”